Writers in Residence

UHT’s Virtual Writers in Residence Program 2022

Please note: applications for this program have CLOSED

Presented in collaboration with La Mama Theatre

Love the idea of writing for theatre? Always wanted to try your hand at playwrighting? Or maybe you have loads of creative ideas bubbling away and just need a bit of help to see them realised.

The Writers in Residence program at Union House Theatre is an opportunity for students to work closely with an industry professional as they develop a piece of theatre or performance.

Open to anyone, regardless of your prior experience, this virtual version of our Writers in Residence program is a chance to work on your own sense of style as a playwright. You’ll receive the benefit of all-important input from an industry mentor as you begin to explore your ideas.

The format of the program includes small group Zoom sessions, writing tasks, sharing your work and one-on-one consultations with your playwrighting mentor.

You’ll be teamed up with one of our playwrighting mentors.

Tasnim Hossain

Tasnim Hossain is a playwright, dramaturg and theatre director who began as a performance poet. She works a lot with emerging artists and artists of colour, and is interested in contemporary work that engages with identity, community and belonging. She directed Yellow Face for Kings Cross Theatre and wrote and presented the solo plays Letters to John and Boys Light Up at various festivals. As a facilitator or teacher, she asks a lot of questions.

Melissa Reeves

Melissa Reeves is a Melbourne playwright. She writes funny plays that often challenge the inequities of systems that oppress and limit people. Her working method involves reading, research, and making imaginative leaps in order to find a great idea/story/take that will effortlessly encapsulate big ideas, and offer heightened theatricality. Her plays include In Cahoots, Sweetown, The Spook, Furious Mattress, Archimedes War, and collaborative plays, like Who’s afraid of the Working Class, and Anthem.


Students will work with one writer only.

Future opportunities for writers might include presenting at Tastings Creative Development Festival, with Student Theatre Groups and presentations at La Mama’s Explorations season.

If you have access considerations that we can assist you with, please contact on the email below or phone: 8344 6961

This is a free program for University of Melbourne students.

Places are limited to 12 students.

Important dates:

  • Sessions are held on Wednesday nights
  • Successful applications notified, Friday 25 March
  • Program commences Wednesday 30 March and runs until July with a mix of weekly group sessions, individual writing time, and one-on-one mentoring.

Applications are due at midday on Wednesday 23 March via THIS FORM

For more information email Xanthe, UHT’s Artistic Director – artistic@union.unimelb.